“California community college adjuncts saw the single greatest gain for part-time faculty ever—$200 million in ongoing annual funding for part-time faculty healthcare…The annual infusion to the Part-Time Community College Health Insurance Program—representing more than a 40,000% increase over the previous $490,000 allocation—was driven both by CFT’s strategic plan to address adjunct issues and by the CFT Legislative Committee’s effort to address the governor’s concerns cited in his veto of the workload cap legislation a year earlier.” [Source: CFT]
This win does not mean that part-time faculty automatically benefit since it has to still be negotiated. “AB190 encourages districts to provide healthcare coverage to part-time faculty by reimbursing districts for 100% of their healthcare costs provided they:
1. offer health insurance to all part-time faculty with an assignment equal or greater than 40% of a full-time assignment;
2. offer part-time faculty the same health insurance benefits provided to the full-time faculty in the district;
3. limit individual premiums paid by part-time faculty to no more than the premium paid by full-time faculty in the district; and
4. offer health insurance coverage to all multi-district part-time faculty with total teaching assignments equal or greater than 40% of a full-time assignment.”
We are currently discussing items 1-4 so that AVCFT can bring this win to AVC. Dr. Jason Bowen (union president) and Dr. Cindy Hendrix (lead negotiator) will discuss the matter in the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting on November 14 at 6:30 PM. If attending and making a comment, be sure to get there early to submit a public comment or print one ahead of time by clicking here.
Alberto Mendoza González Larreynaga